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UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018

Syria state TV: 41 injured in rebel poison gas attack

DAMASCUS, Syria – At least 41 civilians were being treated Saturday following a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian rebel groups on the government-held Aleppo city in the country’s north, …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018

White House warns Syria against chemical weapons use

The White House warned Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Tuesday that if he chooses to use chemical weapons, the U.S. and its allies “will respond swiftly and appropriately,” pushing back …


U.K. police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the …


Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

The Pentagon said Thursday a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates there were chemical weapons, including “elements” of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018

Trump: Syria attack ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’

President Donald Trump said Thursday that an attack on Syria could take place “very soon or not so soon at all,” arguing he had never signaled the timing of retaliation …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018

Trump says U.S. has many options in pondering military strike in Syria

President Donald Trump is threatening an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond “forcefully” to Saturday’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russia or any other …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018

Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and said the Trump administration has made it clear that …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018

U.S. determines North Korea used chemical weapons

The U.S. has determined that North Korea used chemical weapons, an apparent reference to the killing of leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother last year.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018

U.N. experts: North Korea sent banned chemical items to Syria

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. experts say North Korea sent items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of U.N. sanctions, and …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

U.S. says Syria making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal

The Trump administration on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government of producing and using “new kinds of weapons” to deliver deadly chemicals despite committing to abolish its program in …


U.S.: Syria poses threat to global chemical weapons ban

The United States warned Monday that efforts to uphold the global ban on the production and use of chemical weapons are at a “critical juncture” in the wake of their …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

Russia again vetoed a U.N. resolution Friday that would extend the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, dooming its operation and …


Syria, Russia slammed at chemical weapons watchdog meeting

Syria and its close ally Russia faced harsh criticism on Thursday at a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons following an investigation that blamed Syrian President …


Russia vetoes U.N. resolution to continue Syria chemical weapons investigation

Russia used its veto power on the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to block an extension of efforts by international inspectors to determine who was behind chemical weapons attacks …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Russia reports destruction of all remaining chemical weapons

Russia has completed the massive task of destroying its Cold War-era chemical weapons stockpiles, winning praise from an international chemical weapons watchdog.


Russia says Syria’s last 2 chemical weapons sites dismantled

The chief of the Russian military’s branch for protection from chemical weapons says his troops have dismantled two chemical weapons facilities in areas freed from militants in Syria.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Syria to facilitate chemical weapons team mission, official says

An international chemical weapons delegation will visit Syria in the coming days and Damascus will facilitate its mission to uncover who used chemical weapons in the country earlier this year, …


Syria says chemical attack probe work of ‘sick mind’

Syria’s government accused Saturday the international chemical weapons watchdog of relying on the testimonies of “terrorists” in its probe that concluded sarin gas was used in a deadly attack in …


Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria

An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released Friday …


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

U.S. cites preparations for chemical weapons attack in Syria

The United States said Tuesday that it had observed activity involving chemical weapons at a Syrian air base attacked by U.S. forces earlier this year, suggesting that President Bashar Assad’s …


Report: IS chemical weapons capability degraded

A London-based military analysis group says the siege of Mosul and targeted killings of experts in U.S.-led airstrikes have significantly degraded the Islamic State group’s ability to produce chemical weapons.


Putin: Syria chemical attack was provocation against Assad

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Friday that the Syrian leader didn’t use chemical weapons against his people, saying the recent attack that killed scores of civilians …


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017

Syria used suspected nerve agents in 4 attacks, rights group says

New evidence indicates that the Syrian government used suspected nerve agents in four chemical weapons attacks since December including one in an opposition-held town April 4 that killed nearly 100 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017

Defense Secretary Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.


Officials defend Trump’s travel ban on Syrians as unrelated to chemical weapons

The Trump administration continues to defend itself against accusations that it was hypocritical to conduct an airstrike on behalf of Syrian children while standing behind its proposed temporary travel ban …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

U.S. missiles blast Syria base where planes took off with chemical weapons

The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in fiery retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

Russia and China veto U.N. resolution on Syria sanctions

Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution Tuesday that would have imposed sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged …


Russia, China UN resolution on Syria sanctions

Russia and China have vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution that would have imposed sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged …


Britain, France seek to punish Syria over chemical weapons

Britain and France say they will seek to punish members of the Syrian regime implicated in the use of chemical weapons during the country’s civil war which is now in …


Fire scorches nearly 5 square miles near Umatilla, Oregon

The Hermiston Fire Department said a wildfire has scorched nearly 5 square miles and burned several buildings at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot.